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Original Article
March 2000

Who Will Care for the Uninsured in a Managed Care World?John Conley Lecture

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From the Church Health Center of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(3):290-292. doi:10.1001/archotol.126.3.290

As a family practitioner, I feel about as out of place speaking to the American Head and Neck Society as I did when I spoke to the worldwide gathering of the presidents of the Elvis Presley fan clubs, yet you have treated me equally as well as they did.

What I do is provide health care to the working poor of Memphis, Tenn, at a place known as the Church Health Center of Memphis. We care for those people who work to make our lives comfortable. They shine our shoes, cook our food, and will one day dig our graves. They are the forgotten people in our society, and when they get sick, they have few options for health care. The safety net that we have relied on to serve them now has many large gaping holes.